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>> 35 people are killed in afghanistan in a bombing that the president is blaming on isil. hello, you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up, saudi arabia follows up weeks of airstrikes with $274 million in aid to yemen. italy looks at the rise of immigration, and principle organs scientists building human
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body parts in just a matter of hours. >> for the first time a group linked to isil has said it carried out an attack in afghanistan which left 553 people dead. 35 dead. from kabul jennifer glass reports. >> reporter: the suicide-bomber detonated his vest in a crowd of people lining outside of jalalabad's bank. government salaries are paid here and the apparent target, civil servants. passersby tried to help the injured and move the dead. >> i saw many people dead, dead bodies injured people, ambulances arrived very late and many people died of their wounds
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wounds. >> other blasts targeting and highlighting different areas. the president said that that international terrorists are to blame. they are not our people. if you're afghan or muslim, stand with us. if you're foreigners, this is a warning. >> ghani called this a new war. he asked afghans to unite against what he called international terrorists. >> we have more details on the attack from kabul. >> it was a very devastating attack at the height of morning rush hour in jalalabad. the target was apparently civil servants lined up to get their salaries. this attack could have been much worse. they found two others bombs and
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defused them before they went off in jalalabad. president ashraf ghani has said that groups affiliateed with isil have claimed responsibility for the attacks. this will be the first time that isil groups have done anything like that in afghanistan very far away from their base in iraq. president ashraf ghani said this is a real problem there is potential for isil support tours launch attacks and try to destabilize afghanistan. he said it's not a problem just for afghanistan. it's a problem for the whole world, and he called on afghans to stand together against whey what he calls foreign terrorists. >> the united nations launched an appeal for the people of yemen, a package of aid money has been offered by saudi arabia saudi arabia. $274million has been pledged to help those displaced in yemen. that's the exact amount that the
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u.n. asked for on friday. saudi arabia are still leading airstrikes in yemen. some have died in gun fights against those loyal to abd rabbuh mansur hadi. well in his daily press briefing the spokesperson gave an update on the movement of aid supplies. >> today the republic of djibouti open up the air space to use the sea and air. this is to enforce the aid work so that they can use the djibouti port towards the yemeni port. >> let's speak to mohammed who is monitoring developments for
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us. pledging the aid is one thing but very little information on how much aid will go into yemen where specifically it will be distributed, and how it's going to be distributed. >> yes unfortunately it is easier said than done. the saudi arabia has pledged this money but it goes first to the u.n. and the u.n. has a lot of formalities and red tape. that's not the only problem. the main problem is access on the ground and security of the personnel who will deal with that aid and channel it to the people in need. we don't know so far the united nations is not actually aware--they don't exactly know where they will take this first. where the structures will be put, and to whom to deal with first because we have houthi who is are in control of much of the territory, and it is not clear where they control and where
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their control ends and where the strong of hadi forces and the forcers on the part of the government begins. millions of people have already been effected. hundreds have been killed. thousands are displaced. some are already out of the country. it's a complicated situation and it will take time to help those in need in yemen. >> it will take time. we heard a little bit about fighting in the central city of taiz yemen's third-largest city. we know that some houthi fighters have died in gun fights with forces loyal to abd rabbuh mansur hadi. what do we know about those loyal to hadi, and their strength on the ground in taiz? >> yes the main source of information on this is the daily briefing. we just listened to the spokesman--the military spokesman talking about the
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situation. he said that the fighting is going on in and around aden, especially and more concentrate ed now in taiz in the center. now ali abdullah saleh forces are weaker than before, they lack command and there have been targeted strikes against their weapons and ammunition deputy depots. according to the spokesman, the houthies are attempting to move their forces closer to the border of saudi arabia, and he believes that they may try to mount a ground force on the border but the saudis have taken measures to confront any
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attacks by the houthis. tribesmen are protecting oil field there is. and the tribes understandably understandably who are loyal to abd rabbuh mansur hadi, are protecting the areas in support of the current government. >> thank you. now iran's president has criticized saudi arabia for leading the air defensive against the houthi rebels. hasan had a than any said that they would harvest the hatred that it's sowing in yemen. rouhani would speak out against them. >> they should not attack
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children. they should not attack the women in yemen. the attacks are a disgrace against the aggressors. >> there is an package of emergency aid money for people displaced iny mened in yemen and half of the country's population is short of food. >> aid workers in aden say that this is as much as they can do for now. not everyone can be helped. there isn't enough food to go around. >> we have given food to several families who have been displaced from surrounding areas. the aid we received was not enough for all incertainly displaced persons. we're hoping for more support. >> aden is the main sea port which is used to provide a lifeline to the rest of yemen. 90% of the country's food is imported and much of it would have come through here before the war. recently its residents have watched their city turn from the
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commercial capital to this. some gather around a bombed out car they say belonged to a houthi official. aden was the government strong old before the leadership left for saudi arabia. it's seeing some of the worst fighting. many in this group have lived through conflicts before. this is yemen's second civil war in two decades. we have little or no activity in aden's port, food and medicines are desperately need: drinking water is hard to come by. charities war that public water services could soon collapse. saudi arabia said that it will provide the entire amount needed by the united nations to give emergency assistance across the country. >> the humanitarian appeal calls for $274 million u.s. to meet the needs of 75 million people.
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>> that's a third of the entire population. >> the u.s.-led coalition has launched 20 airstrikes crass iraq and syria since friday. shelling by isil fighters has killed eight iraqi soldiers in the town of al baghdadi in anbar province. thousands of families have been forced to flee there because of the fighting. residents can be seen here carrying whatever belongings they can heading towards the suburbs of baghdad. tents, food and other aid are said to be on the way. still to come for you on al jazeera. rich pickings, why there is no sign of tunisia's missing billions four years after the revolution. >> i'm jonah hull, a replica 18th century warship as she prepares to embark on her maiden
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>> welcome back. let's take you to the top stories. a group linked to isil has claimed responsibility for violence in afghanistan. saudi arabia has announced a package of emergency aid money in yemen. eight iraqi soldiers have been killed by shellling by isil fighters inial al baghdadi in
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anbar province. italy has received 11,000 people in the last eight people. 450 people were brought in on saturday. most much them are escaping war and persecution in a and the middle east. paul brennan reports on the east coast of sicily. >> over the past week we have seen as you say 11,000--that's a real splurge. that's a lot of people in a very short space of time. but there is one argument to say that the weather before this past week has been so bad that they could not make the crossing. it's just impossible. it's potentially the case and the numbers we've seen is that
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backlog being cleared by people traffickers, and what may happen now is that it settles down to a steady stream but not quite at the pace we've seen in recent days. another glimmer is that we've spoken to the coast guard in the last hour. they told us at the moment that there are no rescue--active rescue operations going and they have not received any mayday calls at the moment. even though the parolees are continuing, they haven't got anybody to pick up, and they're not actively bringing anybody into to port at the moment. that in itself would indicate just happens it's quieting down in a brief respite, at least. >> one town is earmarked more than $4 million to look after immigrants. but many locals are furious about it. >> there is a storm on the way and not just in the literal
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sense. the migrants keep come hearing to italy's affluent north. public money is being earmarked to house them, and people are not happy. this historic town has barely changed over the years but it's population has recently because much like italy it is struggling to cope with a huge number of migrants who keep arriving. the thing about the north is that it's the more prosperous end of the country. there is a lot of manufacturing industry and a lot of money hear. but for people who live in these parts, they say you know what, we have our own problems. we need that money to be spent on us, not the migrants. on saturday this protest was organized by the northern league and an anti-immigrant party. it wants italians to stop the local government using its cash to look after those new arrivals: >> italy's economy can't bear the situation. we're in an economic crisis.
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it is not racism. the point is italy doesn't have the resources to take the hit. >> supporters cannot sign a petition quickly enough. >> if the disaster continues we are being invaded. there is a big problem of security. our wife and children come work can't walk around in the evening any more. it is a big problem. >> many are arriving here. there is not enough space for everybody and not enough jobs. >> on the edge, migrants have their own space. this is a community segregateed from a community. a tale of two towns. >> i don't feel happy to be here. i've overcome so many difficulties even in libya there is war everywhere. we come here, and some are saying we don't want you in your country. it's hard.
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>> they have withstood countless battles over the centuries but not of this kind. it's surrounded by a moat cutting it off from the outside world. you can see the irony here. it can't keep people out any more. the face of this place is changing. al jazeera northern italy. >> disciple babb bay'szimbabwe's president robert magabe has spoken out against those who in south africa who speak out against migrants. >> the only leaders many zimbabwes have never known president magabe lights the celebratory flame 35 years in a row. the president talks about an
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issue that many are worried about, the attacks against africans in south africa. >> most economic migrants in south africa are from zimbabwe. many at the celebrations have family or know someone working abroad because life here is tough economically. many say they miss the good ol' days the '80s and '90s when it was called the land of milk and honey.
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then the economy would crash. >> some families aren't celebrating today. human rights activists has been missing for more than 40 days. >> in in particular instance, we really finding it hard to do in this predicament. >> magabe supporters say that it has not always been bad news. zimbabwe has the highest literacy rates in africa. andbut it could be that politicians are not paying attention to the economy. the reality is some zimbabweens live well. but millions are struggling economically. for them they say the suffering
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continues. >> billions of dollars are still missing more than four years after the revolution in tunisia. members of the former ruling family are accused of escaping abroad with stolen cash, diamonds and other valuables. many believe that not enough is being done to track down the much-needed assets from the capital of tunis, we have our report. >> reporter: the private school is on prime property. relatives of the former president wanted to build a shopping center here. the school's principle kept it open despite financial pressure and threats of impressment. he said that benali himself also asked for a chunk of the profits from other education projects. >> i told him there was a big demand for an university. but my repeated requests were rejected. then he said okay, but it has to
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be split 50/50. >> no one really knows how much money the former ruling family got away with. estimates rank between two and $11 billion. tunisiaens were said that much of the cash are in several bank accounts in switzerland. many were able to see the luxurious lifestyle that they lived when some of their items were auctioned. >> most agree that something to be done to get those stolen assets back. >> so far only $24 million has been recovered.
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not many countries use the united nations to help recover the money. as you know, they use different means of hiding the action. you have so many screened companies, one behind the other. they did not just steal from the country. they also took people's sense of dignity. the reality is that these skill children will probably be adults before all of the assets are recovered, if they ever are. al jazeera tunis. >> three people have been killed in violence which broke out in one of mexico's largest cities. after the leader of a prominent drug cartel was arrested by police.
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roads were blocked with burning buses while on streets gang members and state forces exchanged fire. on the u.s.-mexico border it has become a battlefield in turf wars between two major drug gangs. it sounds like something from the science fiction novel researchers are now able to grow human organs in just a few hours. andy gallagher has gone to north carolina to sea how the technology is working. >> it's a technology few would have thought possible. but here at wake forest institute they're entering new territory. key to the advances are the 3d bio printers. it takes five years to manufacture a human ear. >> pcl is used as a scaffold on
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which to infuse living human cells. it's a technique that they're useing to build bladders, heart valves and even muscle. much of the research being done is funded by the department of defense. >> we always get the message that everything we do here will move towards human trials and hopefully enhance their life. through the work that we're doing. >> luke is one of those who benefited from early research. he was given a new bladder a decading a and now lives a healthy life. >> the doctors say that it may be just a few years before bio 3d printers are in hospitals across the world. but it's the impact of the research done here that keeps scientists pushing and breaking new barriers. in the future it's hoped that the work here may lead to the
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construction of complex organs like the heart liver orchid anies. but the labs director said that despite the progress there is still a long way to go. >> you're never fully satisfied with what is being done. there is so much more ahead that needs to be done and many patients can benefit from these technologies. >> but the strides being made here from a staff from more than 50 countries are committed to changing lives. winston-salem, north carolina. >> all right now replica of a warship made famous in the united states war of independence is about to set sail. the french frigate will make her maiden voyage across the atlantic ocean and jonah hull is on board. >> the day of departure has finally arrived.
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the crew of 80 or so, 55 of them volunteers are making final preparations for her maiden voyage across the atlantic, a crossing made 200 years ago when the marquee of lafayette was carried on the original fragigate. as well as a message to washington that the french will help battle against the british. >> lafayette is a household name, even if people are not sure what he did. that gives us an in, this lafayette as a brand that allows us to have fresh ground to have a big slash. >> you can bring that memory and that history back to life for many people who have forgotten. >> we can make a big deal of the
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fact that france helped to free our nation as an independent country. >> i'm very happy. i'm sure i'm on the best ship in the world today. with a good crew, and exceptional mission. they'll cross the atlantic to york town, scene of a famous naval blockade, and then on a tour of the american revolution before return to go france in the autumn. they have a huge send-off plan magnificent fireworks will see her off. this ship has been more than two decades in the building. 17 years it took to put together using 18th century ship-building methods. her time has finally come.
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